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Panel weighs governor request to move Confederate monuments

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The future location of three Confederate memorials on North Carolina's old Capitol grounds could depend on a state panel asked by the governor to move the monuments to a Civil War battle site.
The North Carolina Historical Commission is meeting Friday to consider Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's request to relocate the monuments to Bentonville Battlefield, south of Raleigh. The memorials include a 75-foot-tall (23-meter-tall) obelisk remembering all of the state's Confederate dead and two smaller statutes.
State law limits relocations to places of similar honor, prominence and visibility. Republican legislators say Bentonville doesn't meet the requirement and suggest someone will sue if the commission grants the request.
Cooper announced his plans in the weeks following a violent rally in Virginia and the toppling of a local monument in Durham.


County commission delays vote on baseball stadium financing

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - County commissioners have delayed a decision on helping a North Carolina city pay for a $30 million stadium.
News outlets report Guilford County commissioners voted 8-1 Thursday to put off a vote on High Point's request for a revenue-sharing agreement for 60-90 days. The commissioners will form a working group to study the project.
High Point has asked the county to direct its share of property tax revenue from the planned development zone to help pay construction debts.
High Point University President Nido Qubein has raised funds to purchase an Atlantic League of Professional Baseball team. High Point City Councilman Jay Wagner says the city will lose the team if the stadium does not open by spring 2019.
Wagner says the city might have to look at other financing options.


Small helicopter crash lands at N Carolina regional airport

(Information from: The Fayetteville Observer,

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - No one was hurt when a small helicopter crash landed at a North Carolina regional airport.
The Fayetteville Observer reports that the Fayetteville Fire Department says the two-seat helicopter had just taken off from Fayetteville Regional Airport when it had a mid-air emergency Thursday night. Capt. Justin Nobles says the pilot brought the aircraft back to the ground, but it landed hard, skidding about 25 feet (7.62 meters) and buckling.
Multiple emergency crews dispatched to the crash, but were soon canceled.
Nobles says there was damage to the aircraft's landing skids and rotor blades. The fire department's hazardous materials team removed the fuel from the helicopter's tanks because of a minor leak.
The cause of the crash is unknown. The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate.


The Latest: Chemical company told to provide bottled water

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - State environmental officials are directing a chemical company to provide bottled water to 11 homes near its North Carolina plant.
The state Department of Environmental Quality said Thursday that preliminary test results showed residential water wells containing the little-studied compound GenX in amounts exceeding a state health target. The need for bottled water wasn't established in 21 other nearby wells.
Delaware-based Chemours Co. said in a statement that it will provide neighbors whose wells showed elevated levels of the chemical free bottled water until a long-term solution is found.
GenX is a relatively new, unregulated chemical with little scientific data about its health effects. It is similar to other chemicals suspected of increasing cancer risks.


Ex-Gov. McCrory on the air, isn't closing door to 2020 run

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is keeping himself busy since leaving office with work, a new lake home and as a Charlotte radio station pundit. And he's not closed the door to another gubernatorial run.
McCrory told The Associated Press he signed a contract with WBT radio to do a daily morning segment starting last week. House Bill 2 and the Interstate 77 toll lanes were early on-the-air topics. Both issues likely contributed to McCrory's narrow defeat to Democrat Roy Cooper last fall.
McCrory has run three gubernatorial campaigns and may consider a fourth in 2020, but he won't make any decisions until after the 2018 elections. McCrory says he's keeping close to the vest what other work he's doing because he wants to shield clients from publicity.


Unhappy hour: Truck with 40,000 pounds of vodka overturns

CLAYTON, N.C. (AP) - A tractor trailer full of vodka has overturned on a North Carolina highway and it may take until happy hour to clean up the mess.
Clayton police said on Twitter that the truck tipped on its side around 5:45 a.m. Thursday on U.S. Highway 70, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southeast of Raleigh. A witness helped the driver get out of the cab safely.
Police said the truck was carrying about 40,000 pounds of vodka.
Authorities say the load was so heavy, that when a tow truck tried to turn the truck right side up, the truck's metal exterior bent. So instead, workers are taking the boxes of vodka off one at a time.
Clayton officials say the mess might not be cleaned up and the road reopened until 5 p.m. Thursday.


More than 2,000 soldiers head from Fort Bragg to Afghanistan

(Information from: The Fayetteville Observer,

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - More than 2,000 soldiers are deploying from Fort Bragg to Afghanistan, joining 1,500 soldiers sent there earlier this year.
The Fayetteville Observer reported that about 2,200 soldiers are heading to Afghanistan as part of a troop surge of more than 3,000 soldiers in addition to the 10,000 military personnel already serving in the country.
Fort Bragg soldiers are stationed throughout the country. They have a variety of missions, including training, advising and assisting Afghan military personnel as well as providing security for other U.S. forces in the country.
Other members of Fort Bragg's 82nd Airborne Division returned to the post from Iraq, Kuwait and Syria this week, after a nine-month deployment.


Former North Carolina substitute teacher faces more charges

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - More charges have been filed against a former substitute teacher in North Carolina accused of having inappropriate contact with students.
Media outlets reported 31-year-old Lamont Deshon Barrett was charged Thursday with eight counts of indecent liberties with a student and one count of disseminating obscenity.
Barrett is a former substitute teacher at Rocky River High School in Mint Hill, just east of Charlotte.
Barrett was arrested Sept. 14 on charges of having an inappropriate relationship with a student.
Police say Barrett used his cellphone to show pornography to a 16-year-old student while in the class. Police say Barrett was alone with the student immediately after the class.
Mint Hill police say more students have come forward with similar allegations.
Barrett was removed from class Sept 1 and fired Sept. 14.

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